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No New Posts New to the Forum? Please Introduce Yourself - 1 Viewing

Newcomers of all experience levels are welcome here, so please take a minute to post a quick introduction thread and let us start getting to know you

2,376 28,064 Cheesehead newbie here...
by hummingbirdstones
Sept 23, 2020 23:06:50 GMT -5
No New Posts Forum Technical Help and Testing

Please let us know if you need help sorting out any challenges or technical issues experienced while using this forum. Feel free to use this area for testing purposes. Unregistered guests are allowed to post in this "technical help" board if having trouble registering, or a registered member who has become locked out for technical reasons.

137 1,218 Pumpkin
by lookatthat
Sept 23, 2020 10:51:33 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 3 Viewing

Rock tumbling discussion topics including rotary or vibe methods, recipes, grits, cleanup, etc. Get help from world class rock tumbling experts

4,762 58,611 Why use reducers on PVC tumblers?
by gt3073b
Sept 23, 2020 21:11:25 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 4 Viewing

Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

3,471 47,223 Rotary #5: carnelian
by Bob
Sept 23, 2020 23:30:42 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 2 Viewing

All things related to creating cabochons, including photos of your latest masterpieces, works in progress, or requests for advice

10,833 144,235 Deer Creek Fire Agate 9-20-2020
by jasoninsd
Sept 23, 2020 22:27:54 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping

Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

4,721 57,837 Not my best wrap but posting anyway
by jasoninsd
Sept 23, 2020 22:36:08 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing

Discussions and photos related to the art of metal smithing with silver, gold, or any other metals

881 12,329 Long lost art of cold forged pendants
by tims
Sept 19, 2020 15:08:50 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

Discussions and photos related to the carving of rocks including tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

331 4,624 Recommendations for a mask for hand-sanding rocks
by stephan
Sept 22, 2020 22:56:48 GMT -5
No New Posts Creations, intarsia, glass, metal, etc. - 3 Viewing

Show off your finished creations, or on-going projects, using various materials or methods that exercise your creativity and expand your lapidary skills, while inspiring others to grow with you

1,612 24,382 Intarsia trivet
by rockjunquie
Sept 23, 2020 8:42:39 GMT -5
No New Posts Faceting, Gem Cutting, and Gemstones

Discussions and photos related to gemstones and faceting including specimens, tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

99 1,448 Quartz Polshing / Cutting Question (Solved)
by yepx
Sept 21, 2020 21:19:04 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making

Discussion and photos of all things related to the art of sphere making, including techniques, equipment, and showing off your finished specimens

144 2,516 silicon sphere
by stephan
Sept 7, 2020 1:29:02 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for lapidary specific posts that are deemed exceptional and informative, and important to be preserved as a topic specific article or DIY tutorial. Please do not post questions in these areas - posts are created here as topic specific tutorials or moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock Tumbling Tutorials, Creating Cabochons Tutorials, Wire Wrapping Tutorials, Metal Smithing Tutorials, Other Articles and Tutorials

97 2,872 Rotary/Vibratory Rock Tumbling Tutorial Video
by chapslv
Aug 15, 2020 14:46:27 GMT -5

Additional Rock Related Topics

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information - 2 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for rock sciences related posts that are specifically written in article format. Please do not post questions in these areas. Posts here are created as topic specific articles, or they are judged by staff to be exceptional and informative on a rock sciences subject, and are moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock and Mineral Identification, Geology 101, Archaeology and Artifacts, Paleontology and Fossils, Astronomy, Impacts, Physics

474 3,896 Realgar - Orpiment - ARSENIC
by stephan
Sept 23, 2020 1:33:13 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 4 Viewing

All things rock related that don't really seem to fit into a specific category.

13,202 142,073 Uploading Videos???
by gemfeller
Sept 23, 2020 23:52:26 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 4 Viewing

We want to see your rock slabs, fresh off the saw. Saws, blades, maintenance, refurbishing, or just cutting rocks in general

5,925 60,908 Finally started trying to free this Teepee
by jasoninsd
Sept 23, 2020 22:25:56 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 3 Viewing

Equipment related discussions including repairs, maintenance, refurbishing vintage equipment, or show us your home made equipment projects


1,748 22,104 Good beginner units for cabs & polishing
by stephan
Sept 23, 2020 22:46:12 GMT -5
No New Posts Specimen Photos - 2 Viewing

Show us your specimen pieces, polished or not. Slabs or thunder-eggs or any other rock related item destined for a display case because it is just too beautiful or too important to cut up

3,345 36,678 ID? Pink/lavender stone with gold colored inclusions?
by rocks2dust
Sept 23, 2020 23:09:49 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts

Discussions and photos of all things related to fossils and ancient human artifacts

1,094 11,730 Fossilized fish eggs?
by stephan
Sept 21, 2020 23:09:45 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 1 Viewing

Post photos and ask questions to get help identifying your unknown rocks and specimens

2,765 22,774 Interesting quartz formation
by whyofquartz
Sept 23, 2020 8:42:43 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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No New Posts Member Photography - 1 Viewing

A place for posting all of those pictures that don't quite fit into any of the other categories - vacations, puppies, etc.

9,876 135,796 Fire pits, jamesp in a fight !
by rockpickerforever
Sept 21, 2020 8:19:46 GMT -5
No New Posts Competition and Fun Contests

Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

751 23,609 *~OPEN CONTEST~* RTH Cabochon Challenge Sept 2020, PET WOOD
by Tommy
Sept 23, 2020 20:53:30 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 2 Viewing

Organize a rockhounding trip, request location information, advertise a show, or post your trip report with lots of pictures for us to enjoy

2,639 31,474 Advice for Clear Creek
by rockpickerforever
Sept 23, 2020 18:58:33 GMT -5
No New Posts Vendor Reviews and advice - 1 Viewing

Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,313 10,748 Thank you Quailriver!
by QuailRiver
Sept 16, 2020 22:23:10 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade - 1 Viewing

Members with at least 100 community quality posts can post new threads here to sell or trade rock related items. All members are eligible to respond and purchase. Buyer and seller beware - RTH is not responsible for the success or security of any transactions that occur here.

3,320 27,771 VARIETY PACK (price lowered) SOLD
by msuwabbit
Sept 21, 2020 17:58:55 GMT -5
No New Posts Life in General, Off-topic Chit-Chat Area - 1 Viewing

Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

11,774 156,365 Native bees (pic heavy)
by stephan
Sept 24, 2020 0:52:09 GMT -5


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amygdule: I was barefoot and bleeding in '71 Sept 22, 2020 15:23:44 GMT -5
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amygdule: Till we moved to Oregon and learned what Rubbers were for Sept 22, 2020 15:24:56 GMT -5
mohs: luv chil huh Sept 22, 2020 15:26:26 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: That's what they call then in the UK as well. Then there's torches, bonnets, lifts. Try not to get cheesed off if there's no bog roll in the lave, ha ha. Pip pip, cheerio! Sept 22, 2020 16:24:50 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: was barefoot and naked, running through the jungle at night. Sept 22, 2020 17:04:06 GMT -5
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rockpickerforever: It's not the speed or gravity that will get you, it's the sudden deceleration when you hit that tree that jumps out in front of you. Don't do it again. Sept 22, 2020 21:27:56 GMT -5
amygdule: Deceleration Syndrome is what happens if your parachute doesn't open. Sept 22, 2020 22:14:58 GMT -5
George, George, George of the jungle
Strong as he can be
Watch out for that tree

George, George, George of the jungle
Lives a life that's free
Watch out for that tree
Sept 22, 2020 22:58:36 GMT -5
As the World Churns,
George turned out to
be a Tree Hugger.
Sept 22, 2020 23:29:41 GMT -5
amygdule: Humping logs down the beach to the sawmill Sept 22, 2020 23:33:28 GMT -5
amygdule: Where we cut them up into boards and pieces Sept 22, 2020 23:35:18 GMT -5
Wooferhound: Well , it is Hump Day ! ! Sept 23, 2020 10:28:32 GMT -5
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